Module Title:Aerodynamics and Computational Analysis
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Teaching will be a blend of lectures and laboratories
Module Aim: To provide the students with a comprehensive understanding of compressible, incompressible, inviscid and viscous flow, and the skills and techniques required to perform analyse fluid dynamics processes using an industry standard CFD package.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Apply aerodynamic principles including physical quantities of a flowing gas
LO2 Examine various aerodynamic theorems
LO3 Perform calculations for both inviscid and viscous flow
LO4 Calculate lift/drag/moment coefficients in terms of airfoils, wings and other aerodynamic shapes
LO5 Analyse Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) processes using industry standard software
LO6 Prepare CAD models to perform meshing processes for CFD analysis
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Physical quantities of a flowing gas; Source of all aerodynamic forces; Equation of state for a perfect gas
Standard Atmosphere
Hydrostatic equation; Geometric and geopotential altitudes; Standard atmosphere definition; Pressure, temperature and density altitudes
General Aerodynamics
Continuity and momentum equations; Thermodynamics; Isentropic flow; Energy equations; Subsonic wind tunnels Airspeed measurement; Viscous flow; Reynolds number; Laminar and turbulent boundary layers; Transition; Flow separation; Viscous effects on drag
Aerofoils, wings and wind turbines
Airfoil nomenclature; Lift, Drag and Moment coefficients; Airfoil data (NACA); Infinite versus finite wings; Pressure coefficient; Obtaining lift coefficient from Cp; Compressibility correction for Lift Coefficient; Critical Mach number and Critical Pressure Coefficient; Airfoil drag; Calculation of induced drag; Change in the lift slope; Swept wings; Wind Turbine Aerodynamics
Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics
• Introduction to the CFD Methodology • Cell Zone and Boundary Conditions • Post-Processing with CFD-Post • Solver Settings • Turbulence Modelling • Heat Transfer • Transient Flows • Moving Zones • Multiphase Flows • HPC • Best Practices
CFD Dynamic Meshing
• Dynamic Mesh Zones with UDF’s and Profiles • Layering Mesh Method • Smoothing Mesh Method • Remeshing • Coupled 6DOF • Convergence • Best Practices
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment60.00%
End of Module Formal Examination40.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination Students will sit a mid-term class test in Aerodynamics 1,2,3,4 10.00 n/a
Practical/Skills Evaluation Students will sit at least 1 test in CFD 1,5,6 20.00 n/a
Practical/Skills Evaluation Completion of subsonic aerodynamic experiments to demonstrate the principles of lift, drag and moment coefficients using a wind tunnel or suitable simulation software 1,2,3,4 10.00 n/a
Project Students will complete a project investigating fluid flow around an object using a CFD packages 4,5,6 20.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam n/a 1,2,3,4 40.00 End-of-Semester

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 4.00
Laboratory 12 Weeks per Stage 4.00
Independent Learning Time 15 Weeks per Stage 10.27
Total Hours 250.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_EEAER_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Aerospace Engineering 7 Mandatory